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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,404,604)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).

The Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning will use Fiscal Year 2011 JAG funding to provide training and technical assistance in identifying and using evidence-based practices as the outcome of a comprehensive and strategic justice plan in the state and local communities. The implementation of a statewide Strategic Planning process will be used to generate input regarding problems and needs of criminal justice agencies in curtailing illegal drug activity and violent crime. The Mississippi Division of Public Safety will continue to interface with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) annual statewide assessment on the drug threat in Mississippi. There will also be a focus on "Smart Policing", or programs that are evidence-based and have been proven effective.

Mississippi's JAG funded drug task forces will be an integral part of the statewide strategic planning process and will emphasis the new "Smart Policing" training initiative available through technical assistance provided by the National Criminal Justice Association.

The Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning will focus on priorities in addressing challenges to effective counterterrorism and terrorism prevention programs; ensuring that justice is truly done in the criminal justice system; "Smart Policing"; economic crime; emphasizing smart and effective approaches to offender reentry addressing violent crime, and that children, who are exposed to violence are responded to effectively.


Date Created: August 25, 2011